i rise today, mr. speaker, to say we have an important responsibility to our seniors to protect their medicare and their social security benefits. to make sure that we are creating opportunities for education for their children. to make sure we are creating jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure, our roads, bridges, highways, our rail system. and we haven't done our job. so, mr. speaker, i say it's time for us to stop the silliness torques prevent a default, and get on with the nation's business. with that i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? without objection. mr. walz: i rise today to say what my colleagues and i'm sure many americans across the country are saying, stop playing the games and get the work done. i understand we come here with values, ideas, principles that we hold dear, but when the facts dispute our ideology, we don't get the choice to change the facts. you change your ideology. failure to pay our bills will be catastrophic to our economy.